We hope you join us for the 37th summer of free live music at Chester Bowl! The season kicks off on June 11th, and continues each Tuesday through August 13th (with a rain date on 8/20 if needed). Shows start at 7pm for June and July, with earlier start times in August due to the earlier sunsets. With Chester Bowl Park as a beautiful backdrop for the stage, a playground just behind the grassy seating area, an alcohol, smoke, and drug-free environment, and a food truck from 8th Street Ice Cream, this is the best concert venue for families in town! Please see the poster below for the lineup, or visit this link for a larger version. This summer has a little bit of everything- Rock, Country, Americana, Pop, Celtic, Reggae, and more!
This series is presented in partnership wtih Duluth Parks, Kat Country 98.9, 610am, and My 95.7. You can check for weather cancellation updates at 730-4326.
Chester Bowl’s Alpine Hill is now closed for the season. Our last day was Saturday, March 23, which ties for our latest close ever! Thanks for a great winter. Please remember to bring your rental gear back on April 16, 17, or 18.
We are pleased to announce that we plan to stay open through Saturday, March 23! This means there will be one week of bonus skiing and snowboarding if the weather cooperates. Monday, Thursday, & Friday we plan to be open 4:30-8:30 and Saturday, March 23 the hill will be open 11-4:30pm. March 23 will be the last day of the Chester Bowl 2018/2019 season. For more info please email email@example.com.
We hope you will joins us for Chester Bowl’s end of Season Potluck. The event is Sunday, March 24th, 5pm, at the Vineyard Church (1533 Arrowhead Road). This family friendly event allows us share a meal, enjoy each others company one more time before Spring comes, and acknowledges all Chester Bowl participants, including every child who participated in our Ski and Snowboard Race Series and Freestyle Friday. This event is for EVERYONE, even if you didn’t race this year.
When I was in high school and working at Chester there was this little kid who was always building jumps. This kid would spend most of the day building the perfect wedge jump in the middle of the hill, not letting anyone ride the jump until it was perfect, which most of the time was about twenty minutes before the hill would close for the day. If it did open earlier, this kid would sit and watch everyone ride it and as soon as they would launch off of it he would smooth out the ruts left behind by their skis or snowboard. This would happen on repeat almost every day this kid was at the hill and it seemed to go on for years this way. The kid would show up, get a shovel, build a jump, and watch. Over and over. Until one day we had a decent amount of snow. Being the high schooler I was, I thought it would be funny to spray this kid with snow as I passed. I did. He laughed. I laughed. It was fun. So, I did it again. And then I did it again. For me, the experience didn’t change but for this kid it got very old quick. Suddenly, I heard my name over the PA system requesting my presence in the office. Not knowing what was going on I headed right there and sure enough the kid who had been the victim of my fun was sitting on the couch in the office. I got a stern talking to. I apologized and genuinely felt bad about what I had done and how I made this kid feel. But a good thing came from the experience, I learned the kid’s name. It was Mitch Kasper. We actually became pretty good friends shortly after. I learned quickly that he built much better jumps than I did due to years of honing his patience for moving and shaping snow. We became a team and for a long time I would build the terrain park features and Mitch would put them in. Before long, he was hired to help me in the terrain park. Then a couple of years ago I moved on from doing the terrain park and he took charge of welding all the terrain park features together during the fall, and now he is the terrain park fixer at Chester Bowl. When something comes up that needs to be fixed he typically jumps in to get it done. I was pretty excited to see what Mitch came up with for his park design and he did not disappoint. There are some gnarly combo features in his design. I hope everyone gets a chance to check it out.
It is not uncommon that Mitch is the first person at the
hill. Often, he is riding around in the groomer to make sure snow is pushed
where he and the rest of the crew need it. Sometimes, he is up at the top of
the hill with a shovel building a jump and waiting for kids to put ruts in it
which is pretty much what he had done the night I had pulled him off the hill
to do this interview.
Sam: How long have you been skiing at Chester?
Mitch: Since I was 6 years old, so 16 years.
Sam: Have you been skiing or building jumps longer?
Mitch: I have been skiing for a bit longer but it is a close
Sam: What made you interested in skiing and terrain park
Mitch: I wasn’t big enough to ski the old ski jumps when
they were still up so I decided to build my own.
Sam: How much time did you spend jumps vs skiing. Which did
you do more?
Mitch: It was a good 50-50 split.
Sam: How would you describe your style of skiing?
Mitch: Definitely a lot of falling. Starts laughing*
Sam: What influences your skiing and or terrain park designs?
Mitch: Our own creativity I guess. I don’t really take a
whole lot from others. I like to try new things that I have never seen before.
But it doesn’t hurt to learn from other places.
Sam: You have been skiing for a long time, what makes you
excited about skiing?
Mitch: Every day is different. You never know what things
are going to be like so it makes me want to go out and ski every day.
Sam: You have moved into a role of coordinating a lot of the
work that goes on in the park. For example, this year you have been working with
the City to make sure snow gets pushed where it needs to be. What challenges
come from that?
Mitch: You really need to push for what you want and what is
best for everyone else. It is a lot of asking and pleading, and explaining why
we need snow in certain areas more than others. In the long run it keeps the
park fresh and helps get more people to the hill.
Sam: What do you do outside of working at Chester and skiing?
Mitch: I grow flowers and have been pushing a lot of snow.
Sam: How old were you when you started doing terrain park
Mitch: I think I was 15 or 16 when I was a volunteer. I have
been working doing this for about 4 years now.
Sam: What has influenced your terrain park design this year?
Mitch: I wanted to take features that we have had all these
years and do something new with them to make everyone think outside of the box.
Sam: You used to film a bunch, do you still do that?
Mitch: Not as much but still have the same interest to do
Sam: Who do you mostly ski/ ride with?
Mitch: The Brueninghaus triplets, Tommy, Will, and all the Chester
Sam: After the season is done what do you plan to do? What
do you hope to see happen next season?
Mitch: After the season ends I will be designing and
storming up ideas for new rails and come fall we will be building those rails
and finding ways to put them into the terrain park.
Sam: What advice do you have for someone who is interested
in freestyle skiing and or working in the terrain park?
Mitch: Have fun! That is what is really about. If you are
not having fun the park will not be good and you will not have a good time.
Sam: Any parting thoughts?
Mitch: Do not be alarmed if you see ski patrol taking me
down the hill in the toboggan. Laughs*
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